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Jonathan Holford is a music educator and freelance saxophonist woodwind specialist  in the New York metropolitan area.  After graduating from Hofstra University with a bachelor degree in music education, he joined the staff of the Hewlett-Woodmere Music Department where he has been teaching middle school band, middle school jazz ensemble and high school jazz ensemble  for over  19 years. His jazz ensembles have been invited to perform at state and regional music conventions and for the NYS commissioner of education.


Mr. Holford was member of the Jazz Faculty at the Hartwick Summer Music Festival from 2003-2004 where he taught and performed with the likes of Sherri Maricle. In the fall of 2007, Jonathan completed his Masters Degree in Jazz Performance at The Aaron Copeland School of Music where he studied with Antonio Hart, Michael Mossman, and Ted Rosenthal.


As a freelance musician, Jonathan can often be found playing in regional pit orchestras, big bands, and rock/funk bands across the metropolitan area. He has played with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and has backed up jazz greats, such as, Teddy Charles; Dave Lalama; saxophone legend, Al Galladoro; and many others.  In the summer of 2012, Jonathan co-produced and played on the Dave Lalama big band album “The Hofstra Project.” He was a part of an all-star band that included: Dave Pietro (Toshiko Akioshi/Maria Schneider), Ralph Lalama (Vanguard Orch.), John Mosca (Vanguard Orch.), Glenn Drewes (Gerry Mulligan, Mel Lewis) and Tony Tedesco (John Pizzarelli).


Jonathan has been very fortunate to have studied sax/flute/clarinet with the following: Antonio Hart, Dave Pietro, Gary Smulyan, and others. He studied arranging with

Dr. David Lalama, Michael Phillip Mossman, and Carl Strommen.  

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